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United States Environmental Protection


Save the environment!

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was eastablished on December 2, 1970. The EPA was founded in the House of Representatives and the Senate by Former President, Richard Nixon.


For years there had been a growing concern among Americans about the environment, specifically pollution. Before then, nobody had paid close attention to how human activities were affecting the environment. These issues were raised once a terrible fire broke out in Cleveland. This national issue made Americans realize that something needed to be done.


It was months after the fire when the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency became official. The agency got to work right away in order to start setting environmental standards and restrictions, and it has been working ever since.

June 1969. The Cuyahoga River catches fire due to oil that had been polluted as a result of industrial waste.


The EPA is involved in may aspects of people's lives. The agency reviews laws approved by Congress then develops and enforces regulations regarding those laws. The EPA studies issues that are present in the environment and advises the public. The main goal is to protect the environment not only in the United States but around the world.

Our mission is to protect the health of humans and the environment.

Our Mission

The Environmental Protection Agency has designated regions across the United States. Along with regional offices, the EPA has a main headquarters located in Washington, DC.

Laws and Legislation

The Environmental Protection Agency does not deal with writing laws. The EPA has the authority to write health and environmental regulations based on the laws passed by Congress. The laws that are written are not very detailed, so Congress grants the EPA the authority to write specific, detailied regulations that need to be followed by everybody. The Environmental Protection Agency expects individuals and businesses to comply with the regulations that they enforce.


Laws and executive orders that have had regulations written for them include the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Noise Control Act, and the Pollution Prevention Act. 

The Environmental Protection Agency has written thousands of regulations. Many of these regulations affect what we do on a daily basis.

Most people don't think that environmental issues can affect them directly, but they do. We live in a world that has undergone numerous changes becuase of human life, so we need to take action because the problems will not change for the better unless we change first.

The Problems

Waste Management

Air Pollution

Pesticide Use

Oil Spills


The causes of air pollution, waste management problems, dangerous pesticide use, and oil spills are numerous:


  • Air pollution: the burning of fossil fuels.
  • Waste management: the sheer amount of waste that people produce on a daily basis.
  • Pesticide problems: the large amount of pests that need to be dealt with everyday.
  • Oil spills: human error and carelessness.


All of these 'main causes' are are result of one thing: people. Most of everything that we do has caused global warming and acid rain. No matter what we do, our envrionment will not get better unless people take action and try to change our habits because this is a real problem that puts every single person on this plant at risk.

The Causes and Solutions

There are countless ways that people can get involved with helping the Environmental Protection Agency and the environment including:

  • Reviewing regulations written by the EPA and helping to make changes.
  • Joining local organizations to help keep our environement clean and safe.
  • Planning events that will spread awareness for environmental problems.
  • Volunteering in schools to help teach children the importance of the environment.
  • Learning about the envronmental problems and how to prevent them.
  • Doing your part in keeping the environment safe and clean.

Get Involved

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